Be Courageous…

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    Yesterday i was sick…nothing serious, just harsh cough and just totally wiped out! So today I’m hoping to get two in. if not today then i definitely will tomorrow! Anyways….

    I shared my favorite verse the other day. Now this one for today is not really my favorite but i saw it on a Bible Cover and knew i needed to have this reminder in my life.

 

Just as the other one reminds me to not be afraid or anxious…this one reminds me it’s not just enough to no longer be afraid…but i need to take that next step and be STRONG!! be COURAGEOUS!! It reminds me of the movie Courageous….if you haven’t watched it yet… please do so!! (note take Kleenex box with you!) I won’t say more so i don’t ruin it for those that haven’t seen it. 🙂

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“This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”  Joshua 1:9

  I love how this opens up with “this is my command”. Again we are told that we are to do this, no if ands or buts!  It goes on to say “be strong and courageous” but it also says in the next sentence “do not be afraid or discouraged” So this is what i was talking about. Isaiah 41:10 is a great verse! But when we look at this one it gives us more info….not only are we not to be afraid or discouraged…but we are to be strong. When they say strong i don’t think they mean physically. I think this means spiritually. We need to be firm, steadfast. And then we need to go yet another step though, we need to be courageous. We need to be able to take those leaps of Faith. We need to know that God is going to handle this.

           The last part is again His promise that He is going to be with us. No matter what, and no matter where He’s going to be right there beside us to help us, guide us, and most of all when we are lacking those first two qualities He will give them to us and then some. 🙂 Isn’t that awesome?

It’s a short verse… but has a lot of meaning to me anyways. Back to the devotional verses tomorrow. 🙂

Hope you enjoyed it!

Frog

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Where the Legends Come From…

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     So last night i was trying to find a verse to go over, and i thought hey i’ll do it about children! I mean i have three of them and i’m a stay at home mom so yes children it will be! And as i was looking i was thinking of a great story to go along with it. Then a verse that had the word “children” in it caught my eye and my plan totally changed!

So this verse had another word in it that i had no idea about and so i looked it up. I found a forum that had people showing facts and making up what it could mean to the point i was like literally laughing out loud every time i read a comment. It was hilarious!

Now i wasn’t sure how i would apply this to my life but i just felt like “yes this is the verse i should do”. As i kept thinking about it i thought of movies that were made probably with this verse in mind….I thought about how much it has been twisted to mean something that it doesn’t mean at all. Some of the comments made me want to scream as someone had pointed out and found further in the Bible what it truly did mean but the other person shrugged it off due to wanting it to mean something supernatural.

Ok before i go into it anymore let’s bring out the verse and get to understanding something better. 🙂

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   “In those days, and for some time after, giant Nephilites lived on the earth, for whenever the sons of God had intercourse with women, they gave birth to children who became the heroes and famous warriors of ancient times.” (Genesis 6:4)

   So the first part is “In those days, and for some time after, giant Nephilites lived on the earth…”.  So this is the word i had a hard time with, what does Nephilites mean??  So i looked it up…found the forum and learned a whole lot of things. LOL! Now i did learn that i had to jump ahead quite a bit in order to find the true meaning, and the verse that helpd with that was Numbers 13:33 “33 We even saw giants[a] there, the descendants of Anak. Next to them we felt like grasshoppers, and that’s what they thought, too!”  Now in the NLT version it does not have that word but if you go to the NIV version it says “ We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim)”.

    After reading both version we can say that these were a giant people, and were descendants of Anak. Cool. Now i “googled” the word to see if i could find a definition and i did. The meaning of this word in Hebrew is “giant, to oppress”. Well to me this doesn’t sound like such an awesome thing at all.  Then i found someone that had the NLT Study Bible and they shared what it said,  “These “giant Nephilites” were people probably nine or ten feet tall. This same Hebrew term was used to name a tall race of people in Numbers 13:33. Goliath, who was nine feet tall, appears in 1 Samuel 17. The giants used their physical advantage to oppress the people around them.” Still not making them sound awesome but at least a little less scary. Let’s move on…

“..for whenever the sons of God had intercourse with women..”  Now this is where things got silly in the forum. I have to admit that when i first read it through i was even like “what?!” but then i read a little more and slower and for myself realized “sons of God” are NOT angels…but US ! THose of us that call God our Savior and Master, Father and Healer…. THOSE are what was meant by “sons of God”!  In the forum people were going on and on saying that that little phrase right there is talking about how we get half angel and half demon children living among us. Ok people…seriously?  The movies Constantine and The Divinci Code and Greek Mythology are NOT REAL! Ok seriously i do believe Angels are real and i think they really do help out and take on the illusion of human form to help us from time to time…but i think that this whole half breed supernatural stuff is a bunch of hooey that Hollywood wants us to believe in.

     The word “women” bothered me..why was it just “women” almost like they spat it out in distaste…So i again looked around in both NLT version and NIV version. So NIV says “when the sons of God went to the daughters of humans” so this again made me see how people could think the whole half breed thing but then i went further to verse 5 and it read “ The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time.” So every time we do something bad in the Bible we are reference as “son of man” or “women of man” I think that what is being said here is that Righteous men would take any woman, even those that sinned and were considered unclean, and have children with them and that made God very upset.

 “they gave birth to children who became the heroes and famous warriors of ancient times.”  I think this is a reference to what is to come later in the Bible, like Goliath and others… I did a search for “tall” on BibleGateway to see what would come up and found these verses

The Emites used to live there—a people strong and numerous, and as tall as the Anakites. Deuteronomy 2:10

Kish had a son named Saul, as handsome a young man as could be found anywhere in Israel, and he was a head taller than anyone else.  1Samuel 9:2

Go, swift messengers, to a people tall and smooth-skinned, to a people feared far and wide, an aggressive nation of strange speech, whose land is divided by rivers. Isaiah 18:2

So I mean it looks like these people were not completely wiped out when the flood happened, probably Noah or one of his kids’ wives had a shared trait of this so that it lived on. But it does look like they became great warriors and then there were some really awesome men that became heroes that have this trait later on in the Bible.

   I can see why people would think this meant supernatural beings and amazingly gifted people…i could totally see Hollywood taking this verse and making it work to sell their movies about such things and make show after show about it too. Which makes me sad as this isn’t what God was trying to say at all. He was trying to show how awful we had become, taking whatever we wanted and not caring.

At least this is what i got from it….

     As far as how i can apply this to my life…I think what i can take from this is that I need to do things that are pleasing to God, and that being physically tall and strong doesn’t mean that you’re going to succeed in life. I mean look at the words that are used to describe a Nephilite….i don’t want to be that kind of person at all!  So that’s how I’ll apply it to me. 🙂

Hope you enjoyed reading this!

Frog